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Diphlebia nymphoides male

Male Arrowhead Rockmaster, Diphlebia nymphoides, family Diphlebiidae. Australian Museum specimen K301673.

The meeting

Orthetrum brunneum meets Crocothemis erythraea

Blue meets Red! I was trying to shot the red dragonfly when the blue one came to sit on the same rock. The red one didn’t seem to mind because, although they were both males, they were of different species and had nothing to fight about! I managed to get 3 shots before the blue flew away again and this one is the best (focus-wise).

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Honey Bee


Brown Dusk Hawk (Zyxomma petiolatum)

They are large brown crepuscular dragonflies with long thin abdomen and brown tipped wings that fly after sunset. Eyes are brilliant emerald green. Abdomen is dark reddish brown with black rings at the end of each segment; swollen from segments 1-3, then abruptly contracted and slim to the end.

The males visit the pond in the evening and fly to and fro very fast till the female arrives. They mate in the air, while making fast movements.

Very difficult to locate and capture from the natural habitat where they rest in daytime due to the low light environment that they prefer and highly camouflaged colour. This is the best shot I ever made; sorry for the low qualities.

Taken at Kadavoor, Kerala, India



Orchard Orbweaver

These are usually challenging to shoot from this view since they like to make horizontal webs close to the ground and like to sit underneath them. This one decided the awning over my front door was good spot for a web. Made it easy to get this view.

Autumn meadowhawk, Sympetrum vicinum – still flying

Several male Autumn meadowhawks have been out at the slough the last couple of days along with a small colony of Citrine forktails. These are the only dragonflies still flying and they don’t make it easy to get shots – they’re very sensitive to shadows (forcing me to shoot backlit), they blend into the vegetation which now has a reddish hue, and they almost always perch on what I call "popsicle sticks" – those naked, dead plant stems this time of year. So this is about as good as I can get of them but I’m happy just to see dragonflies! If ony they knew, in their solitude, how busy this slough was all summer. They don’t have to fight off males of other species, and they don’t have to worry about being snatched by cruising darners.

Winner, Faves, 1-9 faves, 1-12

12-spotted skimmer, male … a 4th of July treat

These are rare in the Southeast and this guy may be a first record for July in Georgia. Most southern sightings are in the fall. I had a male at this location last fall, and again in May. The May individual disappeared quickly … could this be the same one? If so, where has he been? So many things we still don’t know about odes and their status. These are one of our prettiest species – they flash those black and white spots at you as they cruise by.

Libellula pulchella

Winner, You Rock! challenges, First chooses – dragonfly, 7-11
Winner, 15 Challenges, From behind, 8-11
Winner, Game, You Rock! challenge winners comp, 9-11

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  • 20110911 Spider-4

    Image was captured with my Canon EF 50mm 1.8 lens fitted with one Canon extender ring and mounted on my Canon EOS 500D. Image was processed in Lightroom 3, using plug-in, Topaz Adjust, set to Micro-Contrast Color by JDiaze. Spider has a leg span of about one inch.
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    The Catch

    Its a matter of life and death between Robber fly and the wasp.

    Robber fly,one of the predator insects is known for its hunting skills.Its powerful vision,fast flight helps in catching the prey in near vicinity..With a typical size of 2-inch,Robber Fly can even catch the insects like cicadas which are twice of its size.

    Robber fly cannot eat the prey.It injects a nerve toxin to paralyze,preparing a slow death to prey.The toxin liquefies the prey and Robber fly sucks the body through the proboscis.

    Typically,After capturing the food,it reaches-out to a safe place to sit and enjoy the meal.The photograph was taken during one such moment.

    The eyes of the Robber fly,or for that matter dragon flies and many other insects are called compound eyes.It is basically a convex surface of many thousands of individual photo receptors.It can detect fast movement and provide a large viewing angle.

    The photograph also shows the polarization of light happening in the compound eyes(polarization is quite common in such type of eyes)

    Photography details:
    Nikon D700
    Sigma 150mm Macro Lens
    Aperture :f8
    Shutter speed :1/500s
    Exp Compensation : -1 ev